Virtual international exchange and experiential learning
While the COVID-19 pandemic has created great challenges for the University's internationalisation efforts, it has also opened up possibilities for novel ways to carry out international exchange activities. During the past year, the University received an enthusiastic response from students in relation to inbound and outbound exchange programmes. However, most of the programmes were suspended as the pandemic worsened in different countries. HKBU responded swiftly to the ever-changing situation and it launched partial virtual exchange programmes in collaboration with 52 partner institutions from 20 countries and regions. Around 3,000 courses from partner universities were offered to our students, while 65 courses across different disciplines at HKBU were made available to the exchange students.
In addition to introducing new initiatives such as co-teaching, the University also created a virtual experiential learning platform, where HKBU students and their peers across the world engaged in a wide variety of activities such as business case competitions, adventure games and cooking challenges. To enhance students' global perspective, the International Office (IO) set up the Mini-IO, which consisted of a team of HKBU students who helped forge global partnerships with overseas student bodies.